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Poverty and Inequality Commission advice on poverty in school holidays

The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its advice today for the Scottish Government on addressing poverty during school holidays.

The Poverty and Inequality Commission was asked by the Scottish Government to consider whether there were actions in Every Child, Every Chance: The Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-2022 that should be developed in tandem in order to maximise their effectiveness.  In particular the Commission was asked to consider the role of local authorities, social enterprise and the third sector in providing after school and holiday care and responding to school holiday insecurity.

In order to explore these issues Commissioners visited a number of holiday projects and members of the Commission had discussions with a number of voluntary organisations, local authority and COSLA officials, Scottish Government officials and other policy experts.

The Commission have made three primary recommendations to Scottish Government in relation to holiday provision and a number of further recommendations about issues that should be taken into account.

Download: Poverty and Inequality Commission advice on poverty in school holidays

For more information about the pressures that families can face during the school holidays and some of the benefits of holiday provision, watch this video produced by NHS Health Scotland looking at Inverclyde Council’s approach to holiday provision – https://bit.ly/2BkJkNI

 

 

 

 

 

The Commission’s Work Plan and Priorities 2018-19

The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s work plan and priorities 2018-19 describes the work that the Commission will do up until the end of June 2019 and the longer term priorities which could inform the new statutory Commission’s work from the beginning of July 2019. It covers the three things the Commission was set up to do: advice, scrutiny and advocacy.

Download: Commission work plan and priorities 2018-19

Download: Commission work plan and priorities 2018-19 – summary

 

 

Advice on the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018

The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s first report sets out the Commission’s advice to the Scottish Government on its first Child Poverty Delivery Plan. It sets out some general principles that should be included in the Delivery Plan, identifies three levers that are likely to have the biggest impact on child poverty and recommends some other elements that should be included in order to improve quality of life for children living in poverty.

Download: Advice on the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018

Download: Advice on the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018: Executive Summary

Updated 22 May 2018

The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan advice draws on analysis carried out by IPPR Scotland, looking at the costs and impacts of using social security interventions to reduce child poverty in Scotland. In its original analysis IPPR Scotland recalculated the poverty line for each intervention based on the intervention being introduced UK-wide. IPPR has subsequently undertaken further analysis which recalculates the poverty line if the intervention was only introduced in Scotland. This has an impact on the cost and effects of some of the policy interventions. The updated analysis from IPPR Scotland can be found here https://www.ippr.org/research/publications/child-poverty-in-scotland .

Read moreAdvice on the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018

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